Phil to meet with Anthony soon, Fisher hopes ‘Melo stays with Knicks

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Phil Jackson hopes that Derek Fisher’s championship pedigree will encourage Carmelo Anthony to remain with the Knicks going forward.

“I think I’ll have Derek wear all five of his rings the first time he comes in and talks to Carmelo and say this is what we’re working for,” Jackson joked at the press conference introducing Fisher, 39, as the 26th head coach of the Knicks.

FishJackson, the owner of 11 of his own championship rings, said he plans to meet with Anthony and his people “in the near future” but doesn’t know if Anthony will opt in or opt out this summer. Anthony has said in the past he plans to test free agency, but Jackson recently suggested to the media that Anthony should consider waiting until 2015 to opt out. The last time Jackson and Anthony are known to have met, Jackson assured the superstar that Steve Kerr would be the Knicks’ coach. Now he has gone to Plan B in Fisher.

“There’s a meeting planned soon and maybe overall we’ll have a better gauge at that point where Carmelo stands,” Fisher said. “He may want the option to be a free agent so I don’t think it’s an indictment on the Knicks that he doesn’t want to be here…He’s never had the experience of being a free agent and he may just want that. Hopefully, Carmelo wants to be right at home with us.”

Anthony can opt out on July 1 and at that point teams such as the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets may opt to pursue him.

The Knicks — led by Jackson and Fisher — will have to paint a picture that Anthony can accomplish his goals of winning an NBA championship in New York.

Beginning in 2015, the Knicks will have some $52 million in salary cap space after Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani are off the books.

LeBron James could be an option in 2015 and Kevin Durant, Derek Fisher’s former teammate with the Oklahoma City Thunder, becomes a free agent in 2016.

Asked if he had a reading on where Anthony stood at this very moment, Fisher said: “Only Carmelo can answer that question.”

He added that he and Jackson hope to persuade Anthony  that by staying with the Knicks he can “achieve greatness.”

With or without Anthony, Fisher said he believes in the Knicks’ roster, the one way that failed to make the playoffs this season.

“I’m also not as down on the roster and the team as some of you in the room are,” he said. “I think there are some things we can do with this team that we can do right now, not years from now.”

But if Anthony does leave, Fisher will have to coach whoever remains on the team.

“It will be his choice…I have to be prepared to coach the players that we ultimately have,” Fisher said. “I would love the opportunity to work closely with Carmelo and we’ll see if it will happen.”


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




80 comments
lindro88
lindro88

Maybe Phil told JR he's gonna start. I hope JR isn't dumb enough to start pissing off the new regime.

lobcity1
lobcity1

So did SK sound this good in his Press conference?

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

Do we have the right players right now to run the triangle?  Will it work, or will we have confusion on the court?

lobcity1
lobcity1

Where's Irving? We now have back to back black coaches. I would like to hear his thoughts on this lol

Pete Mavrikk
Pete Mavrikk

Kerr turning us down could be a blessing in disguise. I really like Fish and for some reason I don't think Kerr handled the negotiations and swarm of media around it very well. Fish stayed quiet until he had something to say. Sometimes the 2nd pick in the draft ends up beings better than the 1st.

lobcity1
lobcity1

If Kobe comes to NY then NY will be his house. Melo will have to take the backseat and learn.

brookdon
brookdon

Hopefully Cartwright isn't the shooting coach lol. He probably can teach Chandler and Stat how to box out and defend like men.

buddhabing
buddhabing

Maybe it's the optimism that usually comes with change in management or coaches but i really feel that Jackson and Fisher can make leomonade out of this lemon of a roster. I can see us fans during the season marveling at how guys like Amare and Chandler still have a lot to offer and where was this effort all last year. Gotta snap out of it.....lol

brookdon
brookdon

Saw this old ESPN article, look at what was written about Ewing.

"More than in any major sport, the key to basketball greatness is the ability to make other players better. Here is where Ewing is most vulnerable in his claim to greatness. No major player of the era which is now ending was worse at passing off the double team than Ewing.

This limited his teammates, made it hard for them to play with him, and it made the New York offense an opposing coach's dream. When people claim that his biggest limitation was that he did not have quality teammates, the truth is that we don't really know how good they were because he never made them better. The ball was always his.

His ego was tied to his scoring and to being the main man on offense. The offense had to be run through him. Yet his limited passing ability, and the slow way he reacted to the play developing so quickly around him, made that a flawed strategy. Still, we live in an age when most coaches are hostage to their superstars, and their superstars' agents, and that was surely part of the problem with Ewing -- there was little incentive for him to change."

http://espn.go.com/page2/s/halberstam/010306.html

LMAO

jeandd323
jeandd323

@lindro88

He is not dumb enough?


What does it take to convince you that nothing is beneath this dude? "He" -   trying to untie your shoe laces in the middle of traffic in Manhattan?

1harris1
1harris1

Who knows if JR is even on the team? His contract status makes him difficult to move, but Phil reportedly wants him out (at least I remember reading that somewhere).

brookdon
brookdon

Can play in triangle-Melo, Amare, Shump, Lamar, JR, Timmy (Young enough to learn), Bargs in certain lineups

Iffy-Prigs (not an indictment on him, moreso the fact that his game is very ball dominant), Chandler (doesn't make good decisions with the ball at all), Cole, Felton,

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@NYKnickerBocker of course...Melo and Stat perfect for Triangle 

you have to move and be able to hit a jumpshot - Chandler may be out the door though along with Felton 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@NYKnickerBocker Will see during camp and the during that first month of the season.

It ultimately depends on the approach and how players embrace it.

We've seen in the past several players a bit reticent to adopt it, but once they did, things worked out for the better.


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@lobcity Is this speculation or are there actual reports of Phil looking to create the New York Lakers?

buddhabing
buddhabing

@brookdon Cartwright was a better shooter than rebounder or defender if you ask me. Deadly turnaround baseline jay.

Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

@Knicks_Fanatic lol. No joke I used some of Chef Max's Fish recipes and my children Now follow me into the kitchen w/o fail.. to see if Im going to cook. Im usually going to get juice and  snacks...which the kids USED to DO me dirty all the time. No more of that'. Thx Chef 

rgm891
rgm891

@OLDKNICK I always write this once in a while on your post even though it has nothing to do what you wrote haha. You're the absolute man.

brookdon
brookdon

THIS is why Mark Jackson said what he said.

lindro88
lindro88

Maybe Phil already told JR he's gonna start.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon 

Cole is an excellent passer for a 7 footer. He hit Beno on a couple of backdoor cuts. He is also the best outlet passer on the team. Plus, he works cheap!

lobcity1
lobcity1

SilentJay.

Pure Speculation. I haven't herd any reports about Kobe coming to NY. I just wanted to chime in bc it would be interesting seeing Kobe here with Melo.

brookdon
brookdon

I meant moreso the free throw motion. That was ghastly lol

brookdon
brookdon

I'd be happy with what he gave us last year. Just stay healthy and be efficient and I'm happy.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@lobcity Oh, cool. lol.

I doubt LA let's Kobe walk after extending that "hefty" contract (to put it mildly).

Kobe's an institution, and you just don't trade that (unless you're the Knicks).

buddhabing
buddhabing

@brookdon Yeah it was kinda funky but effective.....lol


brookdon
brookdon

Stat has always been the master politician.

rgm891
rgm891

@brookdon Every time I hear stat speak I count the amount of times he says the word "phenomenal" 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon 

I much prefer Melo over anyone in the entire Knicks organization. When Melo is asked a question, he thinks about it and really tries to give an honest answer. He is a breath of fresh air from the usual athletic responses.

rico
rico

@rgm891 @brookdon whatever the condition of his knees and his instincts on D, Stat has been a stand up guy since landing in knickland.  

brookdon
brookdon

Melo's go to is "we take our hats off to (them, him, etc)" lol

Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

@Knicks_Fanatic truuu..but He at times puzzles me with his lack of Aggression towards situations. Melo damn near 

laughed on camera when asked about AB being tossed in the BKN game.  Saying yea it was a good thing..

brookdon
brookdon

Melo is too honest IMO. Gets him into trouble. He needs to learn from Amare.

Amare was able to lie his way out of being out of shape post-back injury (remember when he couldn't work out that summer in 2012?) by saying the weight gain was added muscle.

brookdon
brookdon

I think it's moreso people only appreciate things after they are gone. Nowadays Ewing is god

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rico @rgm891 @brookdon Nobody questions his integrity or his work ethic.

What I often thought was that he was all talk. Alwas saying D was a priority and he wanted to focus on that, then saying how he was a willing passer and that he wanted the whole team to be involved (when Amare's the least willing passer on the team).

He wasn't smart about his back issues, and his decisions on the floor definitely didn't help his case (getting into a fight with a glass box isn't useful).


Ultimately, I like the fact that he really puts in the work and wants to contribute.

I dislike the fact that he doesn't work on things that really need some improvement.

rico
rico

@brookdon Ewing a prince or an apostle maybe, 


Clyde, Willis = Gods